Thursday, Oct. 21
2021 Banquet & Annual Meeting Set for This Sunday, Oct. 24
The annual post-season banquet and league meeting is this Sunday, Oct. 24, from 5:00-9:00 pm, at Polcari’s on Route 1 north in Saugus in that back room that’s behind the main bar.
Food is free, there will be an open bar for a limited time period starting at 5:00, followed by a cash bar for the remainder of the banquet/meeting.
If you have not yet been contacted by your coaches, please inform them if you plan to attend or not by 5:00 pm Friday, Oct. 22, so we can provide the restaurant with as accurate a headcount as possible.
We hope everyone can make it!
Tuesday, Oct. 5
Former Red Team player and founder and president of CAM Media in Wakefield, John Mitchell, passed away on Oct. 2 at his residence in town.
The “AG,” as he was nicknamed by his teammates (after the former late-1960s-early ’70s U.S. Attorney General of the same name), played several years in the league from the mid-aughts into the early 2010s.
John D. DeLuca, Jr. was the founding commissioner and driving force behind the Lynnfield Men’s Over-40 Softball League for many years of its early existence, as well as being a beloved member of the Green Team.
It was his vision to establish a social-based sports endeavor, whereby a bunch of middle-aged guys could have the opportunity to get together outdoors one night a week during the nice weather, whack a ball around for a bit, have some fun, pretend they were athletes again, expand their friendships and network of contacts, and – as Billy Joel sang in “Piano Man” – forget about life for a while.
John’s outgoing personality, perpetual grin, infectious laugh, and sense of humor — combined with his warm and spirited greeting of “Hey, buddy!” to all — made him a natural leader and a friend to virtually everyone he encountered in all corners of his life. This was never more evident than the outpouring of support he received after being diagnosed with leukemia, and the hundreds of people who participated in the subsequent bone marrow drive that was conducted in an attempt to save his life.
John fought a very valiant battle, but ultimately succumbed to this disease on June 21, 2008, at the much too young age of 53.
What he started and tirelessly nurtured for all those years has been bequeathed to all of us to sturdily build on and take forward.
To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high.